Today I am sharing another variation of Cards and Counters. Earlier this summer, when garage saleing (sp??) with my cousin, I found a bunch of apple ornaments and snatched them up to make a counting activity. I just needed to make some apple number cards to go with them. Then a great and amazing thing happened...........when going through a pile of things to file, I found a set of apple counting cards that I had printed a long time ago and never laminated. I printed them from Childcareland, which is a website with many great materials to purchase as well as lots of free downloads. So.........my apple counting activity is finally complete.
Here is the activity on the shelf. The apples fit perfectly in the wire apple basket my mom gave me (Thanks, Mom!). And the cards ALMOST fit in the little red tray I had in a cabinet.
Pretty straightforward how to do this activity. The child lays out the cards in numerical order, then counts the correct number of apples onto each card. FYI: When I printed this set, it actually comes with a bunch of little apples you can cut out to use as counters. However, since I had the 3D apples, I definitely wanted to use them instead. The built-in control of error is that there are exactly 45 apples, so if the child miscounts they will (hopefully) realize it when they don't have enough at the end.